Skip the Romaine: CDC Expands Warning Following E. Coli Outbreak

The Center for Disease Control has expanded its warning to consumers following an E. Coli outbreak in romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.

Friday’s warning expansion now includes all types of romain from the region, which includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes that contain romaine.

The CDC is warning consumers to not buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.

“Unless the source of the product is known, consumers anywhere in the United States who have any store-bought romaine lettuce at home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick,” CDC officials said. “Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, throw out any romaine lettuce if you’re uncertain about where it was grown. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.”

The CDC has not yet identified a common grower, supplier, distributor or brand  in the outbreaks.

A total of 53 people have been infected with the outbreak strain of E. Coli 0157:H7 from 16 states. Thirty-one of those individuals have been hospitalized and five have developed kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.

No cases have occurred in Hawai`i.